Just as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so Christ rejoices in his Church. I the Eucharist, by the power of his Holy Spirit, he transforms bread and wine into his Body and Blood for us. The Holy Spirit gives us a variety of gifts, which we are to use for the mission of the Church.
The Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus, the beloved Son of God, at his baptism in the River Jordan. The same Holy Spirit comes down on each one of us and helps us to live our lives so that we are faithful to our baptismal calling.
Wise men from the east, guided by a star, come to worship Christ. In them we see the homage of the nations to Christ, who is for ever the light of the world.
We too are called to become an epiphany – a revealing – of God, by letting the light of Christ shine in our lives.
We have no need to worry, and if we ask the Lord for anything he will not refuse us. We can look to the future with confidence and without fear, because the Lord is with us. He is the cause of our happiness. We are a people of hope and joy.
God will bring to completion the work he has begun in us. Our love for one another will help us to be blameless when Christ comes again. Our lives on earth are a preparation for the day when the Lord comes, and so we can be full of joy and expectancy.
We have no reason to fear the second coming of Christ if we allow God to teach us how to grow in holiness. We ask God to help us to love one another with generosity and integrity. In this way, we can hold our heads high and have the strength to survive all that will happen in our lives, and so when the time comes we will be able to stand with confidence before Christ and his saints.
Christ’s kingship is very different from what we are used to seeing in the rulers of our world. It is a kingship of love and service. Christ’s sovereignty will never pass away since his power comes from God and not from human means. He has made us a line of kings and priests to serve God until the end of time.
Christ died once for all and then took his place at the right hand of God. We await his second coming in power and glory.
On that day we will come to understand God’s plan for our salvation, and we will praise the Lord for his compassion and mercy towards us.
The widow’s offering of a penny was made out of love and of the little on which she had to live. In the same way, the widow at Sidon was willing to share her little with the prophet Elijah.
We are called never to be afraid to give generously to God, who will always provide for us. All our gifts are to be given lovingly and generously.
Christ calls us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Love is of the very essence of the Christian faith.
This love demands nothing less than everything, and that is why it is the greatest commandment of all.